Author Archive: Jef Burnham

Jef is a writer and educator in Chicago, Illinois. He holds a degree in Media & Cinema Studies from DePaul University, but sometimes he drops it and picks it back up again. He's also the Editor-in-Chief of FilmMonthly.com and is fueled entirely by coffee (as if you couldn't tell).

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Junjo Romantica: Season 1

Junjo Romantica: Season 1

| July 11, 2017

In 2008, the staff at Studio Deen, the producers of such anime series as Rurouni Kenshin (1997-1998) and Fruits Basket (2001), adapted Shungiku Nakamura’s “Boys’ Love” manga, Junjo Romantica, into a 24-episode anime. As a Boys’ Love series, Junjo focuses specifically on interconnected homosexual relationships among six Tokyo men. With a perfect balance of comedy […]

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Species: Collector’s Edition

Species: Collector’s Edition

| July 9, 2017

For Shout! Factory/Scream Factory, June and July of 2017 are months packed with Blu-ray releases of films in desperate need of reappraisal or revisitation, beginning with June’s release of the too-oft unseen Where the Buffalo Roam (1980), which stars Bill Murray as Hunter S. Thompson! They followed that up with Blu-rays of The Lawnmower Man […]

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Windows

Windows

| July 5, 2017

Gordon Willis’ work as a director of photography is legendary. His iconic cinematography shaped such classics of the 1970’s as The Godfather (though he shot the whole trilogy), Woody Allen’s Annie Hall (1977) and Manhattan (1979), and All the President’s Men (1976). Naming but these few films alone should evidence the import of Willis’ work […]

The Lawnmower Man: Collector’s Edition

The Lawnmower Man: Collector’s Edition

| July 2, 2017

It’s common knowledge by now that The Lawnmower Man’s (1992) claim to be a film based off the synonymous Stephen King short story was an utter fabrication. Anyone who’s read the 1975 King short knows that it’s about a satyr who mows a lawn and eats a man, not about a fix-it-man with an IQ […]

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The Belko Experiment

The Belko Experiment

| June 30, 2017

While the world waited for James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) to drop, another Gunn project low-key hit theaters in March of this year. Stepping away from Marvel for a hot minute, Gunn penned and produced a small, bloody, action, survival horror film in The Belko Experiment with Greg McLean (Wolf Creek […]

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Victims!

Victims!

| June 26, 2017

Victims! (1981) is not a film for me. However, this is not to say I can’t appreciate the importance of its release to Blu-ray from Olive Films’ Martini Entertainment and Slasher Video. With the original 16mm film print lost, it would have seemed unlikely that Victims! would have ever seen a Blu-ray release. Yet here […]

Money from Home

Money from Home

| June 26, 2017

Once upon a time, you could go to the theater and see Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in Technicolor AND 3-D in their 1953 collaboration, Money from Home. A milestone for the team, Money from Home would be Martin and Lewis’ only 3-D film (weird to think about seeing a Martin/Lewis musical in 3-D given […]

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The Unholy: Vestron Video Collector’s Series

The Unholy: Vestron Video Collector’s Series

| June 26, 2017

In a very short time, Lionsgate’s Vestron Video Collector’s Series has made its stamp on the cult films home video market, bringing many beloved films from cult audiences’ VHS rental-filled youths to Blu-ray in editions that are far more impressive than we could have realistically expected. Lionsgate debuted the Vestron Video line of Blu-rays in […]

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Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In: The Complete Series

Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In: The Complete Series

| June 19, 2017

Time Life’s home video release of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In: The Complete Series is one of the most delightfully formidable collections I’ve ever dipped into—a bit of a contradiction, I know, but hopefully you’ll see what I mean soon enough. Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In ran for 140 episodes from 1968 to 1973 and Time Life […]

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Archie’s Weird Mysteries: The Complete Series

Archie’s Weird Mysteries: The Complete Series

| June 13, 2017

If you happen to like both Archie Comics and old B-movies, then the 1999-2000 animated series Archie’s Weird Mysteries is clearly for you. Sure, that’s an oddly specific demographic, but I found myself drawn to it, as I somehow met both these criteria. Admittedly, my interest in Archie Comics did not persist much following my […]

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